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Central Region- Agri Museum, Marlsgate Plantation & Gardens

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Day 1

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PLANTATION COUNTRY   This tour features the museum that interprets rural life back during the Plantation Era, The Plantation Agricultural Museum in Scott, Arkansas.  Museum exhibits and interpretive programs interpret the history of cotton agriculture in Arkansas from statehood in 1836 through World War II when agricultural practices quickly became mechanized.  Visit the Dortch Gin Exhibit building and learn how cotton was grown and ginned.
 
Fourteen miles southeast of the City of Little Rock stands Marlsgate Plantation, a stately columned Greek Revival Mansion, shaded by ancient oaks and a pecan grove overlook the waters of Bearskin Lake.  Majestically rising amid acres of rice, cotton and soybeans, Marlsgate is a reflection of the opulent plantation era when cotton grew tall and there was a privileged class of wealth in the Arkansas Delta.  Home to David Paul Garner, Jr. and his family, Marlsgate Plantation is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  Marlsgate is located a short distance from the small agricultural community of Scott, which formed a nucleus for the cotton plantation culture that developed and flourished here in the early nineteenth century.  Slave-owning planters migrated to the region in the early territorial years following the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.
 
A stop at the largest Antique Showroom in Arkansas, Morris Antiques, in Keo, Arkansas will be another stop on this wonderful tour.  Keo has become particularly notable in recent years for its marketing of antiques, the the largest dealer - Morris Antiques- operating a 10-building complex including space for items sales and antique restoration.  As in much of the surrounding region, agriculture is the other driving economic force int he area around Keo, primarily in the raising of catfish and cultivation of cotton and pecans.
 
Group tour reservations at Marlsgate Plantation: Bobby Williams, 501-961-1307
 
 

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